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How to use Cricut watercolor markers

September 2022, Cricut launches new watercolor markers and cards. Here’s what you need to know and more!

Disclosure: Thanks to Cricut for providing me with the products to review. I am not paid or sponsored by Cricut to write this post. All opinions are 100% my own and honest.

If you are an experienced watercolor artist, I do not think this product is for you.

On the other hand, if you have always wanted to try watercolor but have never dared, I sincerely think that you will appreciate this new product. Especially with the additional special techniques I will show you!

New watercolor markers

The new Cricut watercolor markers come in two formats. One for the Joy and the other for the Explore and Maker families (like all the other Cricut pens and markers!)

Each package contains 8 colors and a brush.

New watercolor cards

Watercolor markers are designed to be used with the new Cricut watercolor paper cards. 3 sizes are available: R20, R40 and S40.

But be careful, only the R20 watercolor cards will work for the Cricut Joy.

Are you confused by all the dimensions and types of Cricut cards? I have a solution for you! Download my free cheat sheet about Cricut cards! It will clarify everything for you:

How it works

The principle is that the Cricut draws the image and you use the brush to fill the design by hand.

So the Cricut takes away the most difficult part which is drawing.

You will find in Cricut Design Space and especially if you have a Cricut Access subscription many images made especially for watercolor. These have been designed to prevent the colors from overlapping.

How do I find the images in Cricut Design Space? It’s simple, just go to “Images” and search for “Watercolor cards”.

See the video at the bottom of this post for more details.

Can other techniques be combined with watercolor?

Of course! You can add pens and makers on top and even foil. The important thing is to make sure that the water does not spoil your design.

You can see in the video, the combinations I made and how I made them!

What if coloring between the lines doesn’t resonate with you?

I totally understand that! Adding water and coloring between the lines don’t speak to me at all! But wait until you see the other techniques I’ve tried!

Yes, it takes a bit of “letting go” but it’s so much fun and satisfying!

If you are interested to see how far we can go with Cricut watercolor markers, watch the video!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a glass of water to use the markers?

No, but you need to fill the brush with water. Then simply press on it to make the water come out and clean it. It is recommended to do this between each color change.

Can I use any type of watercolor paper?

There is a lot of variety and thickness in watercolor paper. It would be up to you to test. On the other hand, I tested myself on watercolor paper that I had at home and it worked well.

Note that the paper had the same characteristics as the Cricut cards, i.e. 140 lbs (300 gms) and cold-pressed.

Can I use any Design Space image?

Cricut has created images in Design Space specially designed for watercolor. The idea is that lines of different colors do not intersect. To find them, click on “images” and type “watercolor cards”.

But you could try other images!

Besides, the image of the candles I used was not a watercolor image!

Are there envelopes in Cricut card packs?

Yes, Cricut card packs always include envelopes.

How thick are Cricut watercolor cards?

Cricut cards are made from cold-pressed 140 lbs (300 gms) watercolor paper.

What parameter should I use in Design Space?

In order for your Cricut to draw on the cards with the watercolor markers, you can select the “Watercolor cards” setting. Just type “water” in the search bar and you will find it easily.

Any other questions?

Feel free to leave me your questions in the comments. And don’t forget to watch the video! You’ll be amazed at what you can do!

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